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wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q10. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Banwell?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//4
I will leave it to the residents of Banwell to comment, although I appreciate the value of the long awaited by-pass. However, my feeling is that the proposed development is excessive.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Transport Q39. Are there any other transport issues or challenges that have been missed? How can they be addressed in the Local Plan?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//10
I’ve noted the various issues listed in the Plan and, particularly, the reference to congestion. As proposed, it’s hard to see how any new M5 junction 21a link could lead to anything other than increased congestion in Bristol, obviously impacting on emissions and air quality. Under ‘challenges’ the need to improve air quality is highlighted, but airport growth on anything like the scale proposed by BA certainly won’t help.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q46. Should the Local Plan identify suitable land for large-scale renewable energy development to support new development?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//17
No. This could only be through large scale solar installations. These only provide significant power in the right conditions, have significant land use and visual impacts, and the Plan already proposes major impacts on the visual landscape.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q53. What are your views on our proposed approach to Green Infrastructure?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//23
I very much support this approach. I’m just a little disappointed that it appears at the end of the document rather than as a more fundamental objective in an opening statement.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q40. Are there any other options for how the Local Plan can deliver self-build and custom housing schemes?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//11
I’ve note this proposal and the reference to the relevant Act. While I appreciate the background, I suspect that a requirement for self-build plots to be included in larger residential schemes would create difficulties.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q47. Where a new policy sets a % reduction in carbon emissions, if it is deemed this cannot be met on-site, should it introduce a mechanism to collect off-site carbon-emission payments?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//18
Yes.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Mendip Spring garden Village Q15. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Mendip Spring Garden Village?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//5
I really do feel this is the wrong development in a very poor and unsustainable location. What’s proposed would have visual, environmental, ecological and traffic & transport impacts and couldn’t be considered as sustainable development on any level. Also, built development on the scale proposed would increase surface water run off and probably add to the local flood risk. It’s appreciated why NSC has felt the need to include this proposal but I suggest you might think again.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q41. Do you have any views on the review of affordable housing policies?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//12
It is well know that developers have successfully argued against incorporating affordable houses in schemes, or at least reducing the number. This has been on the basis of viability. I don’t know if this argument is still allowed but the Plan should specifically require the inclusion of affordable houses in developments, with no viability escape. Clearly, developers should be well aware of the requirement when a planning application is submitted.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q48. Do you have any views on our intended approach to flood risk?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//19
In this case, the last sentence in particular is noted and it is therefore expected that land and villages which have experienced flooding in the past, and which are still at risk, will not be appropriate for development, Wrington for example. Also, my impression is that NSC has disregarded the potential impacts of rising sea levels. Any increase in sea levels will increase the local flood risk and it could be that the flood defences referred to will not be adequate.
wwarden 10 Dec 2018

1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q49. Do you have any views on our intended approach to development on previously developed land in the countryside? What type of sites may be suitable for residential redevelopment?

  • Comment ID: 2670977//20
I support this proposal as outlined here.
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